Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
The 2005 German film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days depicts the anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Magdalena Scholl (May 9, 1921 – February 22, 1943). Directed by Marc Rothemund this incredible film is both depressing and inspiring as it follows the true story of Sophie and Hans Scholl, along with Christoph Probst, who were leading members of a nonviolent resistance group called The White Rose. They all were brutally executed for opposing the beliefs and practices of Nazism.
The opening of the film shows Sophie and Gisela laughing and listening to music, enjoying themselves as we would except of young women. The fact they are listening to American jazz would not be condoned, it’s an offence in itself. Sophie comes across a strong mined woman who will take anything to extreme lengths which is shown throughout the film to get her point/opinion across. When Sophie and her brother Hans distribute the flyers through the Uni, this proves the bravery, also confidence these two have to drive the ‘truth to power,’ causing ‘sparks to fly within the Uni.’ In the flyers The White Rose members state that ‘Hitler cannot win the war. He can only prolong it,’ ignoring the danger their ideas, also beliefs lead them to being caught, charged with ‘High treason, demoralizing the troops, and aiding the enemy.’ At first, however, there captors want information especially they want the names of other White Rose members. Despite threats interspersed with promises of leniency, Sophie and Hans do not oblige.
Sophie Scholl is one of those films that maintain tension and suspense even though the outcome is known from the beginning shot. The largest part of the film deals with Sophie’s four days of imprisonment and interrogation in prison. Gestapo police officer Robert Mohr constitutes her interrogation from the time she admits to scattering the flyers. Mohr comments that Sophie ‘The weaker sex,’ her actions fall into a special category of criminal law called...